Ramakanta Biswas

Even as rain fury has unleashed havoc in several parts of Odisha breaking precipitation records of past several decades in the past two days while throwing life of people out of gear, there is little likelihood of any immediate respite from the downpours, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD). 

The IMD regional centre in Bhubaneswar in its special weather bulletin has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall in seven districts of the State in the next 12 hours under the influence of the Deep Depression system over north interior Odisha.

“Heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places with extremely heavy (>20cm) rainfalls at one or two places very likely to occur over the districts of Sambalpur, Deogarh, Angul, Sonepur, Dhenkanal, Jharsuguda and Bargarh,” IMD said in its bulletin. 

“Deep Depression over north coastal Odisha moved further west-northwestwards during past 6 hours with a speed of 13 kmph and lay centred at 1430 hrs IST of today, the 13th September, 2021, over north interior Odisha, near latitude 21.4°N and longitude 86.0°E, about 50 km east-southeast of Keonjhar and 100 km northwest of Chandbali,” the bulletin read. 

“It is very likely to continue to move west-northwestwards across north Chhattisgarh & Madhya Pradesh during next 48 hours. It is very likely to weaken into a Depression during next 12 hours,” it added. 

The Weather office has also issued Orange Warning forecast with heavy to very heavy rainfall at one or two places over the districts of Bolangir, Sundargarh, Boudh, Keonjhar, Khordha, Jagatsinghpur, Puri and Kendrapada, Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur and Cuttack in the next 24 hours.

Besides, Yellow Warning for heavy rainfall has been sounded for Nuapada, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Ganjam Nayagarh and Mayurbhanj. 
Impact Forecast: 

As per the IMD, flash flood, water logging and inundation are likely to occur in low lying areas due to the incessant rainfall. There is possibility of damage to informal and kutcha road and collapse of vulnerable houses.
Similarly, waterlogging in underpass road and occasional reduction of visibility causing traffic congestion may occur in urban areas.

Wind Warning and Alert For Fishermen:

Surface wind speed reaching 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph very likely during next 12 hours and decrease gradually becoming 40 -50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph along and off Odisha coast and over North & West central Bay of Bengal till 14th Sep, 2021. Sea condition will be rough to very rough.

Fishermen have been advised not to venture into sea along and off Odisha coast, North and West Central Bay of Bengal till 14th September, 2021.